Have your say through the airports National Policy Statement consultation
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On 2 February, the UK Government published its draft airports National Policy Statement (NPS), commencing a consultation process in which businesses and the public can contribute their views on a proposed new runway at Heathrow Airport. This follows the Government’s announcement in October 2016 that its preferred scheme for meeting the need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England is a new north-west runway at Heathrow Airport.
The case for Heathrow
Aviation is a British success story and an important part of a post-Brexit UK economy and the Government’s modern industrial strategy announced in January 2017. Britain more than ever needs a direct connection to the world’s fast growing economies.
Aviation directly supports around 230,000 jobs and contributes around £20 billion annually to the UK’s GDP. The business case for a third runway at Heathrow has been successfully made and with Heathrow’s track record of delivering world-class airport facilities, they are well placed to provide the hub capacity the UK needs. Heathrow’s expansion programme will enable a much needed increase in airport capacity but it will also contribute to the development of a skilled, nationwide supply chain that will benefit the entire UK economy with opportunities spread across the country. A new runway will ultimately support economic growth, provide the connections we need to travel and trade and maintain Britain’s standing in the global marketplace.
Airports National Policy Statement consultation
The UK Government’s NPS aims to seek views across the UK on:
- The need for additional airport capacity in the south-east of England
- Why government believes that need is best met by a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport
- The specific requirements that the applicant for a new north-west runway will need to meet to gain development consent
Read the full Airports National Policy Statement.
Have your say
The public are encouraged to contribute their view on the airports NPS by 25 May 2017 by responding online or contacting the independent consultation adviser. For more information, see the UK government website.